BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS2019-06-15T00:15:15+00:00

Carol Loya – Executive Director and Founder

Carol founded Escape to Peace™ in 2013 to bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking in King County, WA. She was moved by her experience after seeing children as young as three years old sold in the slums of Thailand. She is the owner of TRUCE™ Spa, which she opened in 2008 at The Westin Hotel in Bellevue, WA. With civic engagement a large part of her life, Carol was previously a member of the Tateuchi Center ACT II Fundraising Guild in Bellevue, co-chair and board treasurer for Bellevue Collection Fashion Week, and treasurer for Bellevue LifeSpring Yarrow Point Circle. She has a B.S. in Accounting from Arizona State University and previously worked for KPMG, Boeing and National Maintenance Contractors, Inc. For nearly two decades, Carol has been involved in management and leadership programs including the Executive Program at the University of Washington Business School, and is trained and certified by The Protocol School of Washington in Washington D.C.

Rosalynn Sumners – Marketing / Public Relations

Rosalynn is a former three-time US National Champion, World Champion, and the 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist in women’s figure skating. In her 20-year professional career, she was a charter member of Scott Hamilton’s Stars on Ice tour and performed with the company for 13 consecutive years. She served as a figure skating analyst for NBC, CBS, Turner, and USA Network. Rosalynn was a corporate spokesperson for Nu Skin, Campbell’s Soup, Corn Flakes, and John Hancock, to name a few. She was inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2001. Rosalynn grew up in Edmonds, Washington and continues to live in the Pacific Northwest, where she spends her time supporting philanthropic causes.

Joe Lewis – Board Chairman

A member of the King County Sheriff’s Office for over 35 years, Joe has worked more than 15 years as a police officer and detective with the Sheriff’s Office. Joe was promoted to Sergeant just prior to being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which caused partial blindness in both eyes, effectively ending his ability to serve in that role. Highlights of Joe’s career include the rank of Master Police Officer and many years as a Narcotics Investigator. Joe was able to overcome his disability and transition back into the Sheriff’s Office non-commissioned professional ranks as a Program / Project Manager and Grant Administrator. For the past 15 years, Joe performed a broad range of duties leading to the acquisition of nearly 150 federal and state grant awards totaling approximately $50 million. Joe has a BA from the University of Washington. He has been married 32 years and has two grown boys. He remains active in his church, and serves as mentor.

Patrick Arpin – Treasurer

Patrick Arpin was hired by the Bellevue Police Department in 1988.  For the past 30 years Patrick has served the Bellevue community in a variety of ways including; Patrol and Bicycle Officer, Field Training Officer, Evidence Technician, Special Details Unit, an original member of the Special Enforcement Team (SET), and 19 years on the Hostage Negotiations Team.  As he promoted through the ranks he held assignments in Patrol, the Office of Professional Standards, Investigations, Administrative Services, and served as the SWAT commander.  He was promoted to Deputy Chief in August, 2016, and subsequently became the department’s first Assistant Chief of Police. He currently serves on the Board of the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club and is the Command staff representative on the BPD LGBTQI Advisory Board.  Patrick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Society and Justice from the University of Washington and is a recent graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 264.

Mary Gale – Event Coordinator

Mary has thirty years of professional event management experience, with expertise in the creation, planning, and implementation of corporate recognition programs and employee events . Her experience includes sales incentives, incentive travel, sales meetings, executive meetings, employee morale events, gala ceremonies, conferences, and employee recognition programs. She worked for McCaw Communications for 15 years and then AT&T for 10 years followed by a career at Expedia for 8 years.  Mary grew up in Idaho and has a B.S. in Business from the University of Idaho.  She moved to the Seattle area after college and currently resides in Kirkland with her husband of over 30 years. Retiring from the corporate world in 2017, she now devotes her time to her cabi business and philanthropic causes.

Gracie Hunt

Gracie Hunt – Board Member

Gracie Nebril-Hunt has worked in the hospitality industry for 35 years where her specialties are corporate events and non-profit fundraising. Gracie is currently the northwest regional sales manager with Ruth’s Chris Steak House.  She has extensive experience in event planning, catering, sales, marketing and community networking. She has always been an active community volunteer, starting at age 14 as a candy striper for Virginia Mason Hospital, El Centro De La Raza during college, then the Junior League of San Francisco.  She is an active alumnae of Forest Ridge School, former president and current member of the Bellevue Collection Merchant Board, a Bellevue LifeSpring Circle member, in addition to the Escape to Peace board where she has been a member since 2017. Gracie grew up on Mercer Island, then left to attend the University of San Diego, and later graduated from San Francisco State University.  In 1995, she moved back to the northwest with her young family where she now resides. Gracie collaborated with Escape to Peace in 2014, on a women’s networking event and immediately became a supporter of the cause.  She provides fundraising support and helps to spread awareness to the community about Escape to Peace.

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